ROCKIES: Road woes continue in 10-5 loss to Cardinals as Rockies bolster bullpen with trade.
ST. LOUIS» The Rockies made good on their promise of beefing up their bullpen. The club on Wednesday traded for allstar veteran Pat Neshek, Philadelphia’s right-handed, sidearm reliever.
To acquire Neshek (and cash considerations), they gave up three minor-league players: infielder Jose Gomez, righthanded pitcher J.D. Hammer and right-handed pitcher Alejandro Requena.
To make room on the 40man roster, the Rockies transferred left-hander Tyler Anderson to the 60-day disabled list because of left knee inflammation.
Neshek, 36, is 3-2 with a 1.12 ERA, five walks and 45 strikeouts in 43 relief appearances for Philadelphia this season. Opponents are batting just .199 against him. He was acquired by Philadelphia in a trade with Houston last Nov. 4. He is in the final year of a three-year contract.
The Rockies’ bullpen has been running on fumes and in dire need of fresh fuel. Entering Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals, Rockies relievers had a combined 4.53 ERA, 13th in the National League.
Neshek was also an all-star in 2014 as a member of St. Louis, and this season he was the Phillies’ lone representative in the Midsummer Classic.
He made his big-league debut July 7, 2006 as a member of the Minnesota Twins and has played in parts of 11 seasons with Minnesota (2006-08), San Diego (2011), Oakland (2012-13), St. Louis (2014), Houston (201516) and Philadelphia (2017).
In his career, Neshek is 31-21 with a 2.76 ERA in 466 games. He has 423 strikeouts in 423M innings.